Amazingly, this secluded black-sand beach belongs to Kekaha Kai (Kona Coast) State Park. Although there's no shade and it's too rocky...
If what you're after is an almost deserted, postcard-perfect scoop of soft, white-sand beach cupping brilliant blue-green waters (are...
Kekaha Kai (Kona Coast) State Park
Four dreamy sugar-sand beaches; all but Maniniʻowali Beach require hot hiking or 4WD to reach.
Mahaiʻula Beach information
Kekaha Kai (Kona Coast) State Park's largest beach has salt-and-pepper sand, rocky tide pools, shaded picnic tables and pit toilets. Swimming usually isn't good, but during big winter swells, surfing happens. Walk a few minutes north along the coast to find a second, less rocky beach with soft tawny sands (nicknamed Magoon's), perfect for sunbathing and swimming. Access to Mahaiʻula is via a chunky lava road between mile markers 90 and 91 on Hwy 19.
Although a 4WD is recommended, many locals drive the unpaved beach access road in a standard passenger car. If you want to attempt this, drive very carefully. Alternatively, you could traverse the 1.5 miles on foot from Hwy 19. Park at an improvised lot just inland from the highway and start walking or thumb it – drivers may take pity on your sun-beaten head and give you a lift. The end of this road is the junction for Makalawena and Makoleʻa Beaches.